DOJ summons four lawyers, two newmen to answer libel raps vs. 'The Firm'

June 3, 2010 8:31 pm 

MANILA, June 3 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday summoned a former Ombudsman and four lawyers of the so-called "The Firm" and two staffers of the newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) in connection with the libel charges filed against them by former Solicitor General Francisco "Frank" Chavez.

In a subpoena signed by Senior State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, summoned were former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo and lawyers Avelino "Nonong" Cruz, Jr., Raul Angcangco, Alejancro Alfonso Navarro and Arthur Villaraza.

Also summoned were the PDI reporter and editor, respectively namely, Daxim Lucas and Pergentino Bandayrel, Jr. and the complainant, Chavez.

The preliminary investigation was set on June 16, 2010 at 2 p.m.

The respondents were also ordered to submit their respective counter-affidavits.

The complainant was also ordered to submit his evidence to substantiate his allegations.

Chavez filed the complaint due to the alleged malicious statement that tended to besmirch and destroy his reputation which was published in the broadsheet PDI.

The case arose from the publication of a press statement purportedly from the "The Firm" that said that Chavez did not win even a single case during his stint as Solicitor General. (PNA) RMA/PTR/utb

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